The Morning Update for Friday, June 9, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, June 9, 2017. Have a good weekend!


Jon Harmon Feldman, Jennifer Gwartz Ink Overall Deal With ABC StudiosTheir Random Hill Productions banner will develop new projects for the studio.

Deborah Spera Inks First-Look Deal With AMCVeteran TV producer Deborah Spera and her production company, One-Two Punch Productions, have closed a two-year first-look deal with AMC. Under the pact, the cable network will have first crack at Spera’s development.

(sched) CW Loads Up Fall Schedule Rollout Across One Week in October
The CW
is packing all of its fall premiere dates into the week of Oct. 9, a departure from recent years when its series launches were staggered across several weeks.

‘The Sackett Sisters’: NBC Passes On Comedy Pilot Produced By Tina FeyIt’s official — comedy pilotThe Sackett Sistersis not going forward at NBC.

TV’s Age of Entitlement: Why Episodes Are Now So Damn LongOnce a rare perk on pay cable supersized episodes now are common at such ad-supported outfits as FX, USA and AMC. And streamers like Netflix and Amazon often give creators carte blanche to go as long as they want, putting pressure on the rest of the industry to match the freedom.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’: How the Firefighter Spinoff Came TogetherWhile it’s still early in the process, none of the regulars from Grey’s have been identified as a candidate to move over to the spinoff, which sources say is expected to feature largely new characters. (This could seem to eliminate a theory that Grey’s Jason George, whose character Ben went full firefighter mode in May’s season 13 finale, would be a prime candidate to move to the spinoff.)


‘L&O: True Crime – The Menendez Murders’: Sam Jaeger To Play Det. ZoellerParenthood alum Sam Jaeger is returning to NBC, joining the cast of Dick WolfRene Balcer’s limited series Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Murders.

Snowpiercer: Mickey Sumner Joins TNT Pilot Based on 2013 ThrillerFrances Ha standout Mickey Sumner has come aboard Snowpiercer, TNT’s forthcoming adaptation of the 2013 futuristic thriller.

‘Cocaine Godmother’: Five Join Catherine Zeta-Jones In Lifetime MovieLifetime is rounding out the cast for original movie Cocaine Godmother starring Catherine Zeta-Jones. Joining the cast are Jenny Pellicer, Raul Mendez, Jose Julian, Juan Pablo Espinosa,and Warren Christie.


(ratings) NBA Finals Climb to 20 Million Viewers for Game 3The series is up 10 percent from the previous Warriors-Cavaliers face-off in 2016.


Timothy Spall & Kenneth Cranham To Star In ITV ‘Hatton Garden’ Series
Timothy Spall
and Olivier award-winner Kenneth Cranham are set to star in Hatton Garden, a four-part drama from ITV about the audacious 2015 burglary in London’s diamond district. The 4×60 drama tells the inside story of how an elderly gang of career criminals pulled off the heist which was considered in a class of its own in terms of scale and ambition. Jeff Pope writes the series with Terry Winsor and Paul Whittington directs.


Warner Bros. Promotes Digital Exec JP Richards to Chief Data Strategist
Warner Bros
. has promoted its lead digital strategist, JP Richards, to the post of executive vice president, worldwide marketing and chief data strategist.

AMC & SundanceTV Up Mac McKean To EVP InnovationAMC and SundanceTV elevated Mac McKean to the role of EVP Innovation, where he will spearhead the development of the next iteration of multiplatform products, experiences and content for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios.

(feature) Tulsa’s Allan Heinberg is the man behind the success of ‘Wonder Woman’Despite Allan Heinberg’s extensive history with the character, he was hardly on the radar for writing “Wonder Woman,” which had a small army of writers assigned to the project. This was also despite his growing success in TV over the past 20 years, as the creator of ABC’s “The Catch” the past two years, and before that as a writer-producer for “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” “The O.C.,” “Gilmore Girls” and “Sex and the City.”


THR: Alamo Drafthouse to Open Downtown L.A. TheaterThe location will open in The Bloc, the mixed-use space in the middle of $180 million renovations.

(study) AdAge: 25% of Americans Say Politics Drove Them to Stop Buying BrandsA new Ipsos survey found that 25% of Americans said they had stopped using a brand’s goods or services in the previous three months because of protests, boycotts or the brand’s perceived political leanings."Socially conscientious consumerism has been on the rise for years," said Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5W Public Relations. "Given the combination of that trend and the current politically charged climate, it’s not surprising to see that such a significant number of Americans have changed their shopping habits due to politics."